Armed Forces Day 2019 – this is how Liverpool gave thanks to its military heroes
Well wishers lined The Strand and enjoyed a day out on the dock to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2019
The city flooded with pride as local veterans, cadets and serving armed forces personnel marched in front of The Three Graces.
The annual Armed Forces Day parade and celebrations took place on Liverpool’s waterfront today, Saturday 29th June. Well wishers, families, veterans and personnel lined The Strand as the parade passed by the Royal Liver Building to the Royal Albert Dock.
A traditional ceremony took place with Liverpool Lord Mayor, Cllr Peter Brennan and dignitaries at the Martin Luther King Jnr building. It was followed by an afternoon of family fun activities and performances.
Local regiments such as 156 Royal Logistics Corps and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment joined sea cadets, RAF cadets, RLNI, The British Legion and 208 Liverpool Field Hospital at the Royal Albert Dock. With lots of giveaways and hands-on activities, visitors also took on the army fitness test, but only a handful made the mark.
Liverpool Soprano, Danielle Thomas, Soso Choir, Movema, Liverpool Scottish Pipes and Drums and HMS Royal Marine Band all performed live for the crowds. The National Anthem, White Cliffs of Dover and classic WW2 songs really struck a chord with families and veterans in particular.
As the sun shone down on the Royal Albert Dock as visitors climbed on board the Stagecoach Poppy Bus. Little ones learned how to be a paramedic in the field, complete with heart rate monitors and CPR demonstrations. The Land girl army, SoSo Choir had everyone singing along, while dressed in their traditional outfits from the 1940’s.
Our thanks to Culture Liverpool and all the service personnel, cadets and veterans for ensuring Armed Forces Day is not only marked but celebrated each and every year.